Political Action Committee - IHRSAPAC
IHRSAPAC is the political action committee (PAC) of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Club operators who know how important it is to promote health and fitness legislation formed the PAC in 1998. Financial contributions to IHRSAPAC support congressional allies of the taxpaying club industry in their re-election efforts.
How can you help IHRSAPAC?
The most important thing you can do right now is fill out a Solicitation Authorization Form (PDF). Then we can explain the benefits of contributing to IHRSAPAC in greater detail. Federal law stipulates that IHRSAPAC can only accept individual (i.e. personal) contributions — and we can only do so after you return the form. Rest assured that this form only gives us permission to tell you and your employees more about IHRSAPAC. It does not obligate you or your employees in any way.
IHRSAPAC Frequently Asked Questions
What is a political action committee (PAC)?
A PAC is formed by a group of like-minded individuals who pool their resources to achieve a common goal. A PAC raises funds within an industry to contribute to certain political candidates.
How does IHRSAPAC benefit IHRSA members?
When association members combine their money into a PAC, they demonstrate a commitment to advancing their industry. IHRSAPAC sends a strong message to lawmakers that IHRSA is serious about being a player in politics. It helps IHRSA build relationships over time with officials and elect and re-elect those who support our position on key issues such as fair competition and music licensing reform. A contribution to IHRSAPAC is an investment in the future of the industry and your business.
PACs, like political parties, are simply groups of like-minded individuals who pool their resources to achieve a common goal. IHRSAPAC supports candidates for office who share our basic philosophy and values. They know what issues are important to us and when critical votes on these issues arise, they vote their convictions.
I don't know anything about politics. Why should I contribute to IHRSAPAC?
Many club operators are too busy to be as involved in the legislative process as they would like. IHRSAPAC is ideal for those of us who want to support candidates who are favorable to the club industry, but who don't have the time or resources to research who the best candidates are.
Will the PAC support lawmakers who vote against our interests? I don't want my money going to them.
This can happen. Some lawmakers might be opposed to us on one issue, but our most active proponent on another issue. Of course, we always hope to be able to change their views or at least have the opportunity to present our positions on the issues before they vote.
Will the PAC support any candidates who favor (abortion, gun control, etc.)?
IHRSA can't guarantee that you will agree with every position on every issue that candidates supported by IHRSAPAC may take. What is certain is that every candidate supported will understand the concerns and interests you share with your colleagues in the fitness industry, including fair competition and fairness in music licensing. That's the reason the PAC exists. It was not created to divide us; it was created to bring us together to work on behalf of our shared interests.
Why can't IHRSA just take the money out of my dues?
That would be illegal. IHRSA is prohibited by law from contributing directly to political candidates, but can legally operate a PAC and encourage voluntary participation.